An East Midlands Ambulance worker is amongst thousands of British citizens who are stranded in the world's largest coronavirus lockdown in India.

As a key NHS front line worker, Suman Legah is eager to get back to the UK, to serve her community in this time of need during the COVID 19 panemic.

Suman arrived in India with four family members on March 13, expecting to enjoy a short 10 day holiday for a temple festival and to attend a wedding.

However the NHS worker's trip has taken a dramatic turn as the Indian police attended their relative's home in Goraya City, Punjab on March 22.

Suman told ITV Central that when the police arrived they immediately wanted to know where her and her family had come from and then proceeded to check each of their temperatures.

Without any notice the household was issued with a coronavirus quarantine notice which stated that none of the residents of the house were allowed to leave the vicinity until 6th April.

The lockdown date has now been extended to April 14 after the Indian government announced a 21-day lockdown for the entire country on March 24.

Suman and her family members are becoming increasingly anxious as food and water supplies are starting to run low.

Food and water supplies are running low. Credit: Suman Legah

"Food and water is running low and this is day 6 of being indoors. The police are roaming streets and dispersing crowds of more than 2 people together and beating them with truncheons. My family can’t go out in fear they will beat us too, drag us away like they are doing as it’s shown on local tv here."

Suman Legah, East Midlands Ambulance worker

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office told us they understand British tourists are finding it hard to return home, and they're working round the clock to try to help.

They say the government is trying to keep key routes open as long as possible, and consular staff are giving advice to those still abroad.

Suman and other British people who are stranded in India have been keeping each other motivated during these challenging times by commenting on a Facebook group called 'Brits Stranded in India'. So far the group has over 800 followers.

Some members of the group have taken to twitter to seek help from the Government.

A friend of Suman's has also started an online petition called 'Repatriate UK citizens stuck in India'.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has told ITV Central that their teams are working around the clock to make sure all British people who need help are receiving support.

“We recognize British tourists abroad are finding it difficult to return to the UK because of the unprecedented international travel and domestic restrictions that are being introduced around the world – often with very little or no notice.

FCO Spokesperson

The FCO has also issued the following advice:

  • You should read and follow the FCO travel advice and the advice of the local authorities where you are.

  • You should contact your airline, tour operator and travel insurer to find out what support they can offer.

  • The FCO provides information on what to do and who to contact if you require financial assistance abroad.

  • We also have online guidance for British people travelling and living overseas following the outbreak of coronavirus.

  • - Full FCO Travel Advice for India can be found here -

If any British national in India requires immediate consular assistance, they should contact FCO on New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100; Goa: +91 832 6636800; Chennai: + 91 (44) 42192151; Mumbai:+91 (22) 6650 2222.